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Topics: National Hockey League, New Jersey Devils, 2008–09 NHL season Pages: 2 (477 words) Published: April 29, 2013

Zach Parise was born here in U.S’ own Minneapolis, Minnesota. Zach was born July 28th, 1984. This would make Zach Mr. Just Fitzgerald’s age as well. Zach has a history of hockey in his blood. His father J.P left the NHL’s North Star’s to become a hockey director in Minnesota in 1989. Zach’s last two seasons of his high school career beautifully with 146 goals and 194 assists. This was good For Zach so that he followed his brother Jordan to the University of North Dakota.

In Zach’s first college game he scored a hat-trick, this set off Zach to WCHA all- rookie team and All-Conference third team in his first year at North Dakota. Zach was also running for the Hobey Baker award. The Hobey Baker Award is an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player. To the New Jersey Devils, that is all they needed to see, they took young Zach in the 2003 draft with the 17th overall pick. However, Zach stayed at Dakota and even improved his game; the biggest thing he did was bring team USA of world junior championship and was named the tournament MV. By the time this was over Zach had decided to sign with the Devils the unfortunate thing for Zach was timing because when he signed at the end of March, the NHL season was announced canceled in Zach’s first official NHL game he had faced an “old friend” “Sid the Kid” aka Sidney Crosby in 2005. in that first game against his foe, Zach scored and his home crowd chanted with much enthusiasm, “Parise’s Better! Parise’s Better!”

Further during Zach’s career he moved to first line in the 07’ season and was promoted to the ultimate line of Scottie Gomez on LW, Parise taking the face-offs, and the captain Brian Gionta on Zach’s right. Right after this had happened the new coach Claude Julien was very, very impressed with the team’s achievements and had 2nd place for most points in the Eastern Conference. In 09’ came along Zach had a 2nd place +/- rating with 30 behind Pavel Datsyuk....
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